says she's not the same person she was a year ago when The View
selected her to be the voice of Gen X.
"My views have changed on a lot of things," Ling tells the TV Guide Channel. "For me to make a judgment based on things that I have only read is, I think, sometimes unfair. And that is just something that you sort of learn with time."
Case in point is Ling's new opinion of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The 26-year-old said she was initially very critical of the first lady for standing by the president during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. But over time, as she considered the experiences of her own girlfriends and their cheating boyfriends, she made an effort to be more understanding of her predicament.
Ling also has learned the pitfalls of trashing people on-air after she went on a rant about real estate agents. "Sometimes you are so passionate about what you are saying, you are so entrenched in the conversation, that you just put it out there and once you put it out there you can't retract it," she says. "And sometimes that's a little difficult to deal with because there are often repercussions in the way of e-mail or people calling you or even friends saying, 'How could you say that?' "
Ling, who joined The View in the slot previously held by Debbie Matenopoulos, admits it's been "difficult" joining such a well-established ensemble, which includes Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar and Star Jones. "They are very vociferous, strong, dominating women and you kind of have to be careful not to be overly garrulous and not to speak enough," she says. "People are always saying, 'You should speak up, you should speak up more,' but at the same time I am conscious of the fact that I don't want to be rude. My parents always taught me to respect my elders and I try to do that as much as I can."